ECM: Instructors

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All members of the Trinity Early Childhood Music staff have been trained and certified by Musikgarten. We are proud to have a dedicated and professional staff of teachers working with our children and families.

Valerie Hamlin, Music Makers at Home teacher
Valerie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. After singing professionally in Dallas, she volunteered with the Colorado Symphony Chorus for six years and still performs as a soloist in the Denver area when time allows. Valerie works as the Director of Marketing for the Central City Opera and became certified as an educator with Musikgarten in 2007. She and her husband have enjoyed being a part of the Trinity ECM classes with their sons, Keegan, Griffin, and Declan. Valerie looks forward to sharing her joy of music with our families as she continues teaching for her ninth year.

Tanya LeJeune, Music Makers Around the World teacher
Tanya is in her twenty-first year of teaching music at Lukas Elementary in Jefferson County Public Schools. She holds a Master of Music Education with Kodály emphasis degree from Colorado State University. Tanya teaches Kodály Level 1 Folksong Analysis and Pedagogy at CSU and has presented music education workshops and in-services in Colorado for Jefferson County, Adams County 50, Adams County 14, CMEA, AOSA Rocky Mountain Chapter, Broomfield Preschool, Colorado Christian College, and Metro State University. After experiencing Musikgarten classes from the parent perspective with her son Jude and daughter Amelia, Tanya is thrilled to join the Trinity ECM Musikgarten staff this year as the Music Makers: Around the World teacher!

Julie McGranahan, Substitute teacher
Julie earned a Bachelor of Business Economics degree from the University of Kentucky. Her passion for the Musikgarten program began in 2006 when she and her son, Ian, attended music class when Ian was just 4 months old. She and her two sons participated in classes for six years at Keen Music and the Arts in Colorado Springs. Julie became certified as a Musikgarten educator in 2011. She and her family relocated to the Denver area in 2012 and she quickly became involved with Trinity's ECM program. Julie is excited to bring the joy of music to ECM families for a third year.

Carrie Nicholas, Program Director, Musical Discoveries teacher, and Piano 1 teacher
Carrie is entering her 15th year of teaching general music to grades K-5 at Kemp Elementary School in Commerce City, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education with Kodály emphasis at Colorado State University. She began teaching ECM classes at Trinity in 2006 and is excited to be a co-director starting this year. Carrie is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she sings in the Chancel Choir and Trinity Chamber Choir. She and her husband have a son, Kason, and a daughter, Gwendolyn, who love coming to music classes at Trinity.

Jeremy Nicholas, Administrative Director
Jeremy comes to our Early Childhood Music program with experience as a musician, a teacher, and a parent. Jeremy has a Master's Degree in Music Performance on double bass from CU Boulder and has been performing and teaching since 1996. He is currently the Principal Bassist of the Fort Collins Symphony and a member of the Opera Colorado Orchestra and Colorado Springs Philharmonic. He also runs a private bass lesson studio and teaches at Denver School of the Arts. Jeremy is very excited to join our program as co-director this year. His children Kason and Gwendolyn have been attending music classes since birth and he is excited to share this amazing program with other families.

Shelley Roth, Music for Baby and Me teacher, Exploring Music and Movement teacher
Shelley comes to us with over 13 years of musical training and over 20 years of working with small children. She is trained in classical piano and the flute, as well as being part of various musical groups such as her high school band and jazz band. You might also recognize her from working at various preschool programs around Denver or running her four children around to their various activities. She has been taking part in Trinity ECM classes with her children since 2006. Shelley's two oldest children have both learned to play the piano through the Musikgarten method, being enrolled since birth and now playing the songs they sang as babies. Shelley is extremely excited about teaching these wonderful ECM classes and sharing this music with our ECM families for a seventh year.

Sharon Scheminske, Musical Discoveries teacher
Sharon brings 17 years of musical training to the Early Childhood Music program at Trinity. She is trained in classical piano and participated in French horn and vocal performance through college as she earned her degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She currently plays the French horn in Trinity's brass ensemble. She has been attending ECM classes at Trinity with her children since her daughter was three months old, and she brought her son when he was just three weeks old. Sharon delights in being able to bring the gift of music into the lives of her young children through the ECM program at Trinity, and is excited to pass this gift along to all the parents and children attending classes as she teaches for a third year.

Justina Thurston, Piano 2 and Piano 4 teacher
Justina holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy from Colorado State University. She is entering her 12th year at ECM, having taught all levels of the Musikgarten curriculum in her own business as well. She is an oboe player and singer and coordinates the music ministry at Bethel Presbyterian Church. Justina also homeschools her two daughters and a son, who have been involved in music classes since before birth.